Apple Pay Promo Offers $5 Off Instacart Grocery Delivery

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Apple today sent out emails for a new Apple Pay promotion, offering a $5 discount on groceries when you spend $35 or more through Instacart. To get the discount, you'll need to use Apple Pay and shop in the Instacart app.


The discount will be applied automatically during the checkout process and will be available until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on October 20, 2019. Apple says there may some restrictions on geographic availability and the offer can not be applied to alcohol products.

Apple's promotion also provides links to other grocery delivery apps including ACME, Cub, Publix, Safeway, Shaw's, and Star Market.

Instacart is a frequent partner on Apple Pay promos, having offered free delivery January 2018, February 2018, May 2018, and May 2019.

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gplusplus

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Instacart prices are 10-15% more than in-store prices, in addition to the delivery fee. It’s a bit ridiculous and frankly, dishonest. I rather they charge a higher fee than to nickel and dime on every item purchased.
 

techfreak23

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Instacart prices are 10-15% more than in-store prices, in addition to the delivery fee. It’s a bit ridiculous and frankly, dishonest. I rather they charge a higher fee than to nickel and dime on every item purchased.
I would assume most of these kind of specialty services do the same thing. Those prices are set by the merchant, and there is probably a reason for the increase. Uber Eats does the same exact thing. I don’t know what the exact deal is between Uber and the restaurants, but I would imagine that it’s not a free setup... there’s a lot of work involved past the sign up process (handling of monies, menus, custom themes or UI, etc.) not only does Uber get something from the customer getting the delivery, but there is probably some service fee to the restaurant, which the restaurant passes onto the customer by charging inflated prices. It’s probably a percentage based on the deliveries a particular restaurant gets. Instacart probably does the same thing.
 

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I would assume most of these kind of specialty services do the same thing. Those prices are set by the merchant, and there is probably a reason for the increase. Uber Eats does the same exact thing. I don’t know what the exact deal is between Uber and the restaurants, but I would imagine that it’s not a free setup... there’s a lot of work involved past the sign up process (handling of monies, menus, custom themes or UI, etc.) not only does Uber get something from the customer getting the delivery, but there is probably some service fee to the restaurant, which the restaurant passes onto the customer by charging inflated prices. It’s probably a percentage based on the deliveries a particular restaurant gets. Instacart probably does the same thing.
You forgot apple gets their cut too. You have to use apple pay.
 

31 Flavas

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You forgot apple gets their cut too. You have to use apple pay.
The merchant is not charged a fee for ApplePay. That is, where do you think Google Wallet, Samsung Pay, or other non-CC attached NFC payment systems get their cut? Are they charging the merchant directly? No.

Apples cut is from the banks - not the merchants. The banks pay for the identity and security protection provided by it.
 

toph2toast

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Instacart prices are 10-15% more than in-store prices, in addition to the delivery fee. It’s a bit ridiculous and frankly, dishonest. I rather they charge a higher fee than to nickel and dime on every item purchased.
10-15% more at Aldi is still cheaper than the Shop n' Save and Giant Eagle chains around me. Plus I don't have to worry about my lack of self control when I'm in the store, and toss things in my cart that I don't need. :)